THE DEVELOPER who took on an abandoned half-finished apartment block in the town centre and committed to finish has had to change the design.

W Build has applied to Barnsley Council for permission to change the planning application on the apartment block currently being developed on Heelis Street.

The development had been given permission for two extra floors - that would house 27 more apartments and a gym - and had specificied that some of the apartments would have balconies. It would have been called City Reach.

However, when the original concrete structure was poured, no safety measures were put in for the balconies and it is considered too expensive to try to retrofit them.

Instead, the developer wants to not continue developing the extra two floors and not include any balconies on the design.

A decision will be made next week.